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Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a full-sized luxury SUV produced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Cullinan is the first SUV to be launched by the Rolls-Royce marque, and is also the brand's first all-wheel drive vehicle.[3]

Rolls-Royce Cullinan
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Arctic White, front left.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Motor Cars
Production2018–present
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: West Sussex, England (Goodwood plant)
DesignerGiles Taylor[1]
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, four-wheel-drive layout
PlatformArchitecture of Luxury
RelatedRolls-Royce Phantom VIII
Powertrain
Engine6.75 L N74B68 twin-turbocharged V12 (petrol)
Transmission8-speed 8HP automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,295 mm (129.7 in)[2]
Length5,341 mm (210.3 in)[2]
Width2,164 mm (85.2 in)[2]
Height1,835 mm (72.2 in)[2]
Kerb weight2,660 kg (5,864.3 lb)[2]
Rear view

It is named after the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.[3]

The Cullinan sits above the Ghost and below the Phantom in Rolls-Royce's line-up,[4] with a starting price in the United States of approximately $325,000 (£255,000).[3][5]

Series production of the Cullinan is expected to begin in the second half of 2018,[4] while first customer deliveries will take place in the first quarter of 2019.[6]

The Cullinan was revealed in May 2018 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este[7].

DevelopmentEdit

 
Cullinan rear end with the tailgate open
 
Camping seats in the trunk

It was long rumoured that the car company would venture into making an SUV. Auto Express exclusively reported that a design was in the works and correctly that the name would be Cullinan.[8] This was due to its competitors such as Bentley and Lamborghini venturing into the SUV business with the Bentayga and the Urus respectively. On 17 September 2015, it was confirmed by Rolls-Royce design chief Giles Taylor that the company was tinkering on it.[9] At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Rolls Royce's CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that the SUV will be revealed in 2018 and be on the market in 2019.[10]

A model was spotted testing on 23 December 2015 by Autocar.[11]

The name "Cullinan" was confirmed by Rolls Royce on 13 February 2018.[12][13] It is named after the Cullinan diamond, the largest diamond ever found at 3100 carats.[14]

Testing phaseEdit

The car is reported to have started its testing phase on 2 January 2016,[15] and has since been seen testing on snow.[16][17][18]

SpecificationsEdit

 
Cullinan interior

PlatformEdit

The Cullinan uses an aluminium spaceframe chassis; this is a version of Rolls-Royce's modular "Architecture of Luxury" platform.[2] This platform made its debut in the New Phantom VIII.[4]

SuspensionEdit

The Cullinan uses a double-wishbone front axle and a 5-link rear axle.[2] It is fitted with self-levelling air suspension and electronically controlled dampers front and rear.[19] It is also equipped with electrically actuated active anti-roll bars.[4]

The Cullinan is also fitted with a stereo camera integrated into the front windscreen that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension proactively so as to improve ride quality. This system, dubbed "The Flagbearer" by Rolls-Royce, operates at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph).[20] Michael Snell, Marketing Manager of the Americas for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA stated, "Even with the updated improvements to Cullinan's suspension and drive systems, the ride experience has not been compromised as the vehicle still retains our signature "Magic Carpet Ride"[21] experience whilst you drive over any terrain."[22]

Like the Phantom VIII, the Cullinan employs a four-wheel steering system to improve both manoeuvrability at low speeds and stability at higher speeds.[3]

PowertrainEdit

The Cullinan is exclusively available with a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine.[2]

ZF's 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is the Cullinan's sole gearbox option.[3]

The Cullinan uses a permanent all-wheel drive system.[4]

Performance data[2][5]
Model Engine type Displacement Power Torque Top speed
Cullinan Twin-turbocharged V12 6.75 L (412 cu in) 571 PS; 563 hp (420 kW) @ 5,000 rpm 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) @ 1,600 rpm 250 km/h (155 mph)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-01/british-car-designers-are-being-snapped-up-by-chinese-automakers
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "EFFORTLESS EVERYWHERE: THE ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN". Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub. 10 May 2018. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Duff, Mike (May 2018). "2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Diamond for the Rough". Car and Driver. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cropley, Steve (10 May 2018). "Rolls-Royce Cullinan revealed: exclusive pictures of luxury SUV". Autocar. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b MacKenzie, Angus (10 May 2018). "2019 ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN FIRST LOOK". Motor Trend. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  6. ^ "35th consecutive quarter of sales growth for BMW Group". BMW Group PressClub. 12 July 2018. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. ^ "BMW Blog article about the Cullinan". BMW Blog (not affiliated with BMW AG). 27 May 2018. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Is Rolls-Royce Cullinan a better name than Bentley Bentayga?". Auto Express. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  9. ^ "2017 Rolls-Royce SUV". Top Speed. TopSpeed. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV begins testing for 2018 release". Auto Express. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Rolls-Royce 'Cullinan' SUV spotted testing | Autocar". Autocar. Archived from the original on 30 December 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Confirmed: Rolls-Royce SUV, thy name is Cullinan". Roadshow. 13 February 2018. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Rolls-Royce Confirms Cullinan Name for SUV - Motor Trend". Motor Trend. 13 February 2018. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  14. ^ Banks, Nargess. "Rolls-Royce Names First Luxurious SUV Cullinan". Forbes. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Is Rolls-Royce Cullinan a better name than Bentley Bentayga?". Auto Express. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  16. ^ "2017 Rolls-Royce 'Cullinan' SUV test mule spied | Autocar". Autocar. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV spotted dancing on ice". Auto Express. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  18. ^ "2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan Price, Specs, Release date". NiceCarsInfo.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  19. ^ Barlow, Jason (10 May 2018). "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: this is it". Top Gear. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  20. ^ Groves, Jake (10 May 2018). "A diamond for the rough: all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV arrives". Car Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Architecture of Luxury - The Heart Of The New Rolls-Royce Cullinan". BMW BLOG. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Rolls-Royce Cullinan takes the magic carpet ride off-road". www.msn.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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